Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Imp Face, Middle Carter, South Carter, NH
Trails: Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, October 29, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Everything was a one-hop or dealt with using copious and well positioned stepping stones. The upcoming rains might change that a bit, but I don't anticipate by much. Your Mileage May Vary, of course.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail was in fine shape. No blowdowns to speak of. One thing of note: the wooden stairs on the north side of Imp Trail has a few rungs missing near the top. The others are showing their age, but felt reasonably sturdy today.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a friendly two-year-old pup who was having a fine outing.  
Bugs: None, but curiously enough, there were strands of cobweb that had snowflakes stuck to them, which looked pretty neat.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: It was a long, tiring day, complicated by wet snow constantly balling up under my micro spikes. Take a few steps, stomp, scrape, curse. Then do it again. And again. And again. It slowed things down measurably and got old fast. But then again, I got out into the mountains, which is A Good Thing. And hey, I had a really good last couple of outings in that area, so I can't complain.

It's an early winter wonderland up there (for the most part, above 3,000 feet or so) at the moment, which made it worthwhile. Accumulations on the ridge were all of about an inch or two at most. There was some hidden ice near Imp Face, so beware. Micro Spikes did me well overall. Anything more would be overkill right now.

Pictures and a more detailed write-up are on my blog as always.  
Name: Protean Wanderer 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-10-29 
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